Now There's a Water Gun That Shoots Liquid Bullets and Refills Itself

Until the Super Soaker came along in 1990, water guns hadn’t changed much in over a century. But the Super Soaker was 28 years ago, and a group of German engineers and designers think it’s finally time for water guns to evolve again. They’ve created the self-filling Spyra One that fires quick bursts of water instead…

You Can Now Use Wireless Headphones With Your Nintendo Switch Thanks to This Dongle

If your smartphone of choice has forced you to upgrade to wireless headphones, you probably hate having to swap them out for a corded pair when you want to play your Nintendo Switch with a little privacy. The portable console doesn’t come with Bluetooth, but a tiny dongle called the Genki does, theoretically making it…

The Mind-Bending Comic Mind MGMT Is Coming Back In a Very Weird (and Cool) Way

Matt Kindt’s beloved Dark Horse series about a young crime writer thrust into a world of superspies and superpowers came to an end three years ago—but now it’s coming back. Except, it’s not in the way you might expect, because it’s doing so with a new Kickstarter project io9 can exclusively reveal today.

3D Headphones Startup Shutters, Leaving Backers Empty-Handed and Hundreds of Dollars Poorer

Ossic, the company developing the Ossic X over-ear headphones designed primarily for virtual reality headsets, has ceased production after failing to deliver pre-orders to crowdfunding backers and is shutting down “effective immediately.” While Ossic blames lack of demand for its niche product (in addition to…

Facebook Cuts Fundraising Fees for 'Personal Causes' Like Surgeries and School Supplies

Facebook is changing its tune when it comes to fees and fundraisers. The company announced in a blog post today that it will eliminate its “platform fees” for all personal fundraisers “in the coming weeks,” after charging users a 6.9 percent fee plus an additional $0.30 to run various types of personal crowdfunding…

The World's Best GoFundMe Involves Poop, Firemen, and a Tinder Date Gone Horribly Wrong

GoFundMe can be a dark place. Sometimes, it’s your pitiful friends asking you for money so that they can take a European vacation and finally tackle that “research project” they’ve been wanting to do. Other times, it’s truly tragic circumstances, like a stranger asking for help with medical bills. But today, dear…

This Ball-Balancing Segway Clone Uses Physics to Safely Scoot You Around

Was the Segway ahead of its time, or just an overhyped product that could have never lived up to the anticipation? Being pricier than a used car didn’t help the original Segway’s chances, but at least now, electrical engineer Olaf Winkler has solved that problem with a ball-based self-balancing scooter that features a…

A Figure With Han Solo's Best Shit-Eating Grin, and Other Cool Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's round up of the best toys we’ve seen all week. This time we’ve got tons of new Lego minifigures, the most amazing Magneto cape, entirely unrelated magnetic building blocks, a spectacularly poseable Spider-Man: Homecoming figure, and yes, the best grin on a Han Solo action figure ever.